Chile's President Sebastian Pinera carries his granddaughter Esperanza after his inauguration in Vina del Mar, Chile, on March 11. During the President's inauguration, a series of strong aftershocks from last month's 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile. Pinera immediately urged coastal residents to move to higher ground in case of a tsunami. Silvia Izquierdo/AP
A student participates in a rally in Vienna, Austria, on March 11 in protest of changes to be made under the Bologna-Process, a higher-education reform across Europe. Leohard Foeger/Reuters
A church is reflected in a puddle in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 11 in this photo which has been rotated 180 degrees. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
A dog waits for it's turn to take part in Britain's annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, on March 11. Simon Dawson/AP
A ski jumper soars through the air at sunset before the qualification round of the World Cup Ski Jumping competition in Lillehammer, Norway, on March 11. Bob Strong/Reuters
People look at the monument to the victims of the Madrid 2004 terror bombings at Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain, on March 11. Thursday marks the sixth anniversary of Europe's worst terrorist attack claimed by Muslim militants, which killed 191 people and injured 1,800. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
Tom Hanks, Executive Producer of the new mini series 'The Pacific,' takes a picture of the World War II Memorial with his cell phone on the Washington Mall on March 11. Hanks and co-Executive Producer Steven Spielberg were joined by 250 World War II veterans on Thursday in a tribute to those who served in the Pacific theater. The premiere of the 10-part HBO miniseries 'The Pacific,' is on March 14. Jason Reed/Reuters
Family members and friends examine the wreckage at a home in Heber Spring, Ark., on March 11. A tornado struck the area late Wednesday. Danny Johnston/AP
People wait outside their homes after an aftershock in Talcahuano, Chile, on Thursday after a series of strong aftershocks hit Chile as President Sebastian Pinera was sworn into office. Silvia Izquierdo/AP
A Palestinian girl lights candles during a protest in Gaza City calling for an end to Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip on March 11. Suhai Salem/Reuters
Nursery employees attend a demonstration in Paris, France on March 11 to protest against working conditions at day-care centers in France. Their slogans reads, 'No Babies in the Left-Luggage Office.' Charles Platiau/Reuters
Judith Vazquez (l.) and her partner Kol Kin Castaneda kiss before going to town hall to be married in Mexico City on March 11. Castaneda and Vazquez are among some of the first same-sex couples to get married after the city passed a law in December allowing same-sex marriages. The Law, now in effect after being approved by the city's legislature, goes beyond the current law allowing same-sex civil unions to give gay couples the same marriage rights as straight couples, including adoption. Eliana Aponte/Reuters
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.